Earlier the week, we had an email out of the blue from Britmums asking if we were available to attend DreamToys 2017 Event.
I wasn’t sure if we were going to go, as Ethan needed to be at school on Wednesday, which meant I had to drop him off and go straight to the event that is a train hop to London, and be back to pick him up in time when he finishes at 3pm. I decided to take Evelyn with me in the end – besides it will be fun, right?
We arrived there around 11 am. The event was already kicking off with Christmas music and big screen count down to Christmas. So no pressure then if you haven’t already sorted out your Christmas goodies for the kiddos yet (hence – that’s me! Ekk!). DreamToys marks the real countdown to Christmas and encourages gift givers not to leave purchases to the last minute in order to avoid disappointment.
As we had such little time, we decided to do a quick walk around at the venue first, which was held at St. Mary’s Church, Marylebone. The venue was perfect for hosting their the official toys and games Christmas Preview. This was my chance to see what will be the hottest toys this Christmas as I have no idea what to give Ethan for his Christmas this year.
With almost 80 new toys carefully selected by a panel of retailers made up of large chains, large and small multiples and independent retailers, this makes DreamToys one of the major media initiative run by the Toy Retailers Association and supported by members of the British Toy and Hobby Association today.
Our Top Christmas Toys Selection from DreamToys 2017 Event
2. Fidget Cube from Zuru – Geemac Sales & Marketing Ltd – RRP £10
3. LeapStart Interactive Learning System for Active Minds from Leapfrog Toys – RRP £40
This LeapStart Interactive Learning System bring learning to life, and it proved so. Evelyn was so intrigued by this jam-packed activities book. This is suitable for school and life for kids ages 2-7 years old.
Tap into big fun with the LeapStart™ interactive early learning system, perfect for school readiness and success. Recommended by 97% of teachers, LeapStart is packed with school and life skills for curious 2-7 year olds. LeapStart works with a library of replayable activity books (sold separately) that cover four learning levels: Nursery through to Year 1. Each learning level teaches and supports 50+ core and life skills that complement the UK national curriculum. Get them excited about everything from phonics to problem solving, and STEM to social skills. Each book contains over 30 activities.
4. LeapFrog “Scoop/Learn Ice Cream Cart” Toy Set – from Leapfrog Toys – RRP £40
Evelyn love love love this! Evelyn use the magic ice cream scooper to hear what colours the ice creams are then match them to your customers’ orders. Now this is what making learning sweet! Learning outlines:-
- 20 playing pieces.
- Magic scooper recognises ice creams and toppings.
- Learn about colours, numbers, sequencing, memory and matching.
5. FurReal Roarin’ Tyler from Hasbro – RRP £135
E&E are animal lovers and Tyler’s favourite way to play is to ROAR! It’s fun to imagine that this handsome cub is trying to sound like a full-grown wild cat.
Imagine a jungle pet that’s also playful, meet Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger pet. This young tiger is always ready for fun and play and his favourite game is roaring! Tyler responds to sounds and touch with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations – roar at him and he roars back. Tyler can move his eyes, ears, head, mouth and tail, and when he’s not trying to act like a full-grown tiger, this handsome cub enjoys playtime with his little play toy that looks like a chicken. With poseable back legs and soft fur, he’s easy to hug and cuddle.
Evelyn desperately wishes she could take this cub home with her. I wish I could too.
6. Luvabella from Spin Master Toys UK Ltd – RRP £100
Discover so many real baby surprises with Luvabella. True-to-life facial expressions and movements! Play and interact with her in so many ways!
Discover so many real baby surprises with Luvabella! From the moment she opens her eyes and giggles, Luvabella will amaze you with her true-to-life facial expressions and personality! She moves, talks and plays just like a real baby. Through touch and play she affectionately responds to your love. Cover her eyes for a game of peek-a-boo, tickle her tummy and toes to make her giggle, or place a hand on her chest to gently listen to her heartbeat. You can even hold her feet to hear her say “mama” and begin to babble! The more you play with her, the more she’ll talk. Her babble will transform into over 100 clear words and phrases! Caring for Luvabella is fun with her four interactive accessories! Use her spoon to feed her and she’ll chew with delight! If she’s not full, she may ask you for more. After her meal, help Luvabella learn new animal names and sounds with her Lamby toy! If she gets fussy, all she needs is her soother. When it’s time to go to bed after a big day of play, lull her to sleep with her bottle.
I can see already that Evelyn will be a good mother one day.
So there you have it. There were many many more toys out there it was a little mind-blowing. I asked Evelyn what was her favourite out of the six toys above, she said the LeapFrog “Scoop/Learn Ice Cream Cart” Toy Set. I was rather relieved as this is a little more suited for my money pocket.
We also received a huge goody bag that is as big as Evelyn! lol! Because of this I will also do a separate vlog post for more Christmas Gifts Guide suggestions for you, but for now I hope this is useful little guide and you’ll find something you’ll like.
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